Light Duty Fuel Economy

Blog Post | December 4, 2007

New Fuel Economy Standards & Other Energy Efficiency Policies Coming to a Vote Soon on Capitol Hill!

After months of work on its substance, and weeks of speculation about which provisions would ultimately be included, an energy bill is expected to be unveiled today.

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Press Release | July 17, 2007

ACEEE Applauds Florida Governor for Bold Action on Energy Efficiency and Global Warming

Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) applauds Florida Governor Charlie Crist for "bold steps" announced July 13 that will change Florida's energy future and take important actions to combat global warming.

"Governor Crist has moved Florida toward the vanguard of states on clean energy policy by recognizing that energy efficiency is the first fuel in the race for a clean and affordable energy future," said Steven Nadel, ACEEE's Executive Director.

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Blog Post | July 15, 2007

CAFE Bills Brewing in Congress

At long last, an increase in car and light truck fuel economy standards has passed the U.S. Senate. The Senate energy bill (an amendment to H.R.6) raises the standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020—up from today’s average of 24.6 miles per gallon. But the bill also hands the Department of Transportation discretion to lower these targets if they’re not “cost-effective,” a major weakness given DOT’s record of timid fuel economy rulemaking.

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Blog Post | July 15, 2007

Federal Energy Legislation Steaming Along

ACEEE analysis on the energy savings from the Senate and House bills

Congress is on track to pass new energy legislation, only two years after the last federal energy bill. The new legislation will include a major focus on energy efficiency.

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Press Release | June 5, 2007

ACEEE "Rates the States" in the New Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today released a comprehensive ranking of state-level energy efficiency policies. The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard for 2006 graded each state and the District of Columbia on actions they have taken in the race to adopt energy efficiency policies, programs, and technologies.

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Blog Post | March 28, 2007

Congress Takes a New Look at Efficiency

With new leadership in both houses for the first time in 12 years, members and committees have been actively exploring new energy policy ideas, including many on energy efficiency. A few highlights from the first three months:

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Press Release | January 24, 2007

President Short-Sells the First Fuel in the Race for Energy Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) issued a critical assessment of the President's State of the Union "Twenty in Ten" proposal for increasing America's energy security, finding it needlessly weak on fuel economy and over-dependent on ill-defined alternative fuel sources.

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Blog Post | January 7, 2007

CAFE Percolating Again

Prospects for substantially higher vehicle fuel economy standards are looking up, thanks in part to the White House. President Bush’s State of the Union proposal to reduce gasoline consumption twenty percent by 2017 was met with skepticism by many due to its heavy reliance on unspecified “alternative” fuels.

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Blog Post | January 1, 2007

Attribute-Based CAFE Standards: A Primer

 Several current legislative proposals for increasing car and light truck fuel economy requirements call for changing the structure of the policy to one based on "vehicle attributes." What exactly does that mean?

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